Regional Development Officer: James

Regional Development Officer: James

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Name: James Bracher

Location: North Region

Q.  Describe your job.

A.  A great opportunity to meet the movers and shakers of the cycle world, become part of developing the community and promote the development of cycling, the outdoors and being active.

Q.  What did you do previous to working as a Regional Development Officer?

A.  After University in Glasgow I played rugby in New Zealand for a couple of seasons, and in between put up Shania Twains farm fences. I then moved to Australia for a year, where I cycled across it, before coming home. I joined the Army and went to Sandhurst to train as an officer, then completed 7 months in Afghanistan and have been on exercise to Kenya twice. I left the Army and went to Canada for a year before my fiance (now wife!) and I bought bikes and cycled The Great Divide Mountain Bike Route, from Banff to El Paso. We came home and got married 3 weeks later, then moved to the Highlands (the best move!). In between these events I have done lots of jobs including; scaffolding, demolitions, fencing, lifeguard at a chateau in France, communications manager at the Olympics, Lifty at Cairngorm, Deputy manager for an Adventurous Training Centre, to name a few interesting ones.

Q.  Favourite cycling discipline?

A.  I love riding my mountain bike on enduro style routes, but if I could pick one thing to do for the rest of my life it would be cycle touring; total freedom.

Q.  Other hobbies (as opposed to cycling?)

A.  Usually keen for a bit of anything, although I’ve got a feeling that’s going to change due to a  recent arrival! (James just became a Dad!)

Q. How do you you like your tea/coffee?

A.  Just milk, although have you seen Cowspiracy?

Q.  What is your favourite meeting snack?

A.  The home baking is tip top.

Q.  What would you say is your greatest achievement in your role as RDO?

A.  That’s all to come.

Q.  What would you say is your greatest achievement outside of work?

A.  We’ve just had a wee boy called Finn.

Q.  What are your aspirations in your role as RDO for the next year?

A.  To help people enjoy being a part of the cycle community, whether that’s riding, organizing or volunteering

Q. What is the best way to contact you?

A.  Organise a meeting on bikes.

Read my Great Divide blog, if you're interested!